By Emmanuel Elebeke
No fewer than 22,000 public servants would benefit from the latest collaboration between the Federal Government and the South Korean Government on e-government.
The collabo routed through Korean International Corporation Agency (KOICA) is on capacity building for e-Government initiatives.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi stated this, Monday, during the closing ceremony of the In-Country e-Government Capacity Building Training in Abuja.
The Permanent Secretary said the collaboration is to train public servants by providing short and long-term training courses in Nigeria targeting over 22,000 Public Servants in different levels to successfully drive the e-Government program by the government.
He added that e-Government has been captured in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) by Federal Government and the recently launched 2017-2020 Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan is to but reposition the service for better performance through key e-Government projects.
Abdullahi stated that the training involves all in the public service and has been categorised into segments to accommodate all.
He said the Executive Course I is for Head of Government Establishments, Executive Course II is for Directors in Public Service, Professional Course for Middle Level Officers, e-Security for ICT Technical Staff and Train-the-Trainer for future potential trainers on the Capacity Building Program.
According to him, Project Planning and Development has been added to the curriculum to manage balanced e-Government system in terms of procurement, grievance settlement and preparation in readiness for the implementation of the e-Government masterplan that is awaiting Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval.
He thanked KOICA for their commitment in actualizing the training as scheduled and has assured that the goal of using e-Government as a tool to impact and improve our socio-economic growth would be achieved.
In his remarks, the Charge d’affaires of the Korean Embassy, Mr. Song Yong-Min, expressed gratitude and their readiness at all time for this collaboration.
He said the official diplomatic ties between Korea and Nigeria started since 1980 and was delighted on how fast the pace of the amicable relationships has thrived in various areas such as culture, trade and development cooperation most especially in the e-Government project. He said this would bring about a lot of achievements and would create millions of job especially to the young generations.